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Follow live updates as Italy host Wales in a Six Nations clash to avoid the wooden spoon.
The pressure is on Warren Gatland’s side as they travel to the Stadio Olympico bottom of the Six Nations table and in grave danger of finishing the tournament in last place for the first time in 20 years. Italy have been consigned to the wooden spoon in each of the last seven seasons but hope to pull off the upset in Rome.
Italy have shown flashes of their exciting development over the course of the Six Nations, pushing defending champions France on the opening weekend and causing Ireland some problems last time out. The Azzurri have been left with the solitary losing bonus point, however, but that is still more than Wales after their sorry defeats to Ireland, England and Scotland.
Defeat today in Rome would leave the loser staring at the wooden spoon and a winless campaign. Follow live updates from Italy vs Wales in the Six Nations, below.
Try? Have Italy gone the length of the field for a beauty?
This could be a fabulous Italian team score – but has Juan Ignacio Brex managed to ground cleanly?…
Harry Latham-Coyle11 March 2023 14:45
Italy 3-15 Wales, 25 minutes
Williams doesn’t seem to be moving totally freely – he pulled up slightly sore after scoring Wales’ second try, and now grasps at his thigh, straining the muscles to check all is in reasonable order. He’ll continue for now.
Harry Latham-Coyle11 March 2023 14:44
Italy 3-15 Wales, 23 minutes
Wales penalty! Oh, a real chance missed for Italy when Varney seemed a certainty to charge in when Allan directed his pass towards him. Liam Williams gets over the ball as a group of Italian forwards are felled two metres short, and Danilo Fischetti is forced to cling on.
Harry Latham-Coyle11 March 2023 14:43
Italy 3-15 Wales, 22 minutes
Italy test the defence at the back of Wales’ lineout, which is appropriately formed.
Here goes Varney, dummying thrice to would-be carriers to play out the back, but Edoardo Padovani can’t make particular ground up the right.
Carved open! Delightul run from Tommaso Allan, but his pass isn’t quite right, forcing Stephen Varney to check his run for the line…
Harry Latham-Coyle11 March 2023 14:42
Italy 3-15 Wales, 20 minutes
The optimism apparent by the strength of the home crowd for kick off has just been punctured slightly with Wales already 12 points in front.
Time for more adventure, it appears, Stephen Varney switching left and right with the Italian forwards starting to get their offloads away. Eventually a penalty comes to allow advancement via the boot.
Harry Latham-Coyle11 March 2023 14:40
TRY! Italy 3-15 WALES (Liam Williams try, 18 minutes)
Oh, Italy. Again it is from an innocuous situation, Tomas Francis jackalling well to win Wales possession but the score coming far too easily thereafter. Taulupe Faletau picks up and hurls the ball wide slightly wildly, but the bounce causes the defence to stall, allowing Liam Williams to gather and sashay through three would-be tacklers to the line. Weak defence from the hosts – Stephen Varney went too high and was rather easily brushed aside.
Owen Williams misses his conversion.
Harry Latham-Coyle11 March 2023 14:37
Italy 3-10 Wales, 17 minutes
Fleeting thoughts of playing from deep for Italy before Allan takes charge and kicks upfield. Wales try to win back possession in the air, Liam Williams contesting strongly, but unable to wrench the ball away from the Italian catcher.
Stolen! The ball breaks free for Taulupe Faletau…
Harry Latham-Coyle11 March 2023 14:36
PENALTY! ITALY 3-10 Wales (Tommaso Allan penalty, 16 minutes)
It is Tommaso Allan rather than Paolo Garbisi on kicking duties for Italy this afternoon – the full back finds the safe embrace of the stands behind the posts with his first effort. Italy on the board.
Harry Latham-Coyle11 March 2023 14:35
Italy 0-10 Wales, 15 minutes
The Italian front row goes to work, drawing the sharp blast of the referee’s whistle and the chance to get on the board from the tee.
Harry Latham-Coyle11 March 2023 14:34
Italy 0-10 Wales, 14 minutes
A sharply taken punt for touch allows Italy to advance up to the fringes of the Welsh 22, but their wide handling is again strangely inaccurate as an overlap is briefly created.
Wales make a hash of their lineout, though, and Italy can build again from the scrum.
Harry Latham-Coyle11 March 2023 14:33